David Anderson and David Clelland, endured by Gateshead as two of the Labour MPs for the borough, are at it again. They have just put in new entries for the Westminster Hypocrite of the Year Awards 2008. Both have put in the same entry, demanding a "rethink" on the doubling of the 10p income tax starter rate.
This duo of Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber voted for this very same tax rise just 3 weeks ago. Mr Anderson even signed two Parliamentary motions expressing concern about the impact of the change, before he voted for the change he so heavily criticises. So at least he was fully aware of what he was voting for.
Both have had a year to "rethink" the change and persuade the government to abandon it. I don't know whether either is capable of "thinking" or "rethinking" an issue of this nature but it does strike me as odd that they demand a rethink from their own beloved government after they have helped that very same government get through the measure they now want rethought, and having done so in the full knowledge of the impact. Makes you think, doesn't it!?